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Research Matters! Celebrating New Ideas and Discoveries

Research Matters, hosted by the Graduate School, is a live event, featuring short talks by graduate students and other scholars from the Brown community on “Why my research matters”. The brief talks aimed at a general audience showcase exceptional graduate student scholarship and celebrate discoveries and ideas which contribute to the academic excellence and innovation that make Brown unique and bold.

Please save the date and join us for Research Matters on April 9, 2019. Brown community, alumni, faculty, staff, and all students are invited to attend. 

Graduate students: Be a speaker for Research Matters 2019. Tell us why your research matters! We are looking for 5-minute talks on research projects by Brown University doctoral and master’s students. The talks are for a general audience. Watch what previous participants have said about the experience.

What’s involved:

  1. Nomination. Faculty, staff and students are invited to nominate a graduate student with a compelling research story to tell. Graduate students may also self-nominate. Nominations are due by February 18, 2019. 
  2. Application submission. Nominees are invited to apply through submission of research and talk description and short video of themselves presenting their scholarship by February 25, 2019.  (Applicants are encouraged to read Speaker Tips)
  3. Selection and Semi-finals. Finalists will be invited to give a live talk (no more than 5 min.) during semi-final session in early March. The selection panel will comprise faculty, graduate students, and the Graduate School.
  4. Final selections. Those selected to speak at the live event are expected to attend training, practice and mentoring sessions, including a rehearsal scheduled for April 8, 2019, the day before the main event.
  5. Research Matters 2019. The live event is planned for April 9, 2019. All talks will be video recorded and will be featured on the Graduate School website.

Submission Details: Nominated and self-nominated graduate students are invited to submit the following by February 25. Nominations should include:

  • 350 word description of your talk and research project. Send to [email protected] with subject heading "Research Matters Submission."
  • Short video: Give us a sense of you speaking about your innovative idea and research project. It can be as short as one minute, but no more than 3-4 minutes. You can use a smartphone or webcam. Video quality is not the priority, as long as you are audible. We just want to get a brief sense of you as a speaker.
  • Send the video to us by one of two ways:
    • Upload your video to your Google Drive and "share" your file with us at [email protected] with subject heading: “Research Matters Submission.”
    • Send with your 350 word description a link to a Youtube or Vimeo video to [email protected] with subject heading: "Research Matters Submission."

If you are unable to submit a short video, please write to [email protected].

Semi-Finalists and Finalists: Semi-finalists will be asked to give a version of their talk in a semi-finals talk in the week of March 4. Those selected to speak at the live event on April 9 are expected to attend a number of training, practice, and mentoring sessions, including a rehearsal on April 8. The live talks will be video-taped and featured on the Graduate School website.

Get inspired: Watch videos from previous Research Matters events: 20172016 | 2014

Questions? Please contact Vanessa Ryan, Co-Deputy Dean and Associate Dean of Student Development or direct general questions to [email protected].